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Majesty Palm

Q: What can you tell me about the Majesty Palm I just planted?

A: The Majesty Palm, Ravenea glauca, is a native of Madagascar and produces a single trunk with feathery fronds.Majesty Palm is widely adaptable, requires moderate to high light but it tends to yellow somewhat without some shade. It is moderately drought and salt tolerant, has no insect or disease problems if planted on the correct site.

It is a popular interior plant and for Northeast Florida it may not be suited for outdoor planting because it is classified as zone 10-11 (Amelia Island is zone 9a). Mature height can reach 15-20 feet and it reaches 10 feet quickly then slows its growth. Late spring and early summer are the best times of year to transplant palms. When pruning palms it is best to leave the frond attached to the palm until it is completely brown.